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  • Letter from the Prelate (December 2015) - Opus Dei
    world of ours so intent in so many ways to distance itself from God It recalls to us the bright light announced by the prophet that nothing nor anyone will be able to obscure The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them has light shined 4 That light continues shining now with all of its benevolence even amid the sorrowful events in so many parts of the world as we have recently lamented It shines on us with the same bright clarity with which it illumined the night in Bethlehem two thousand years ago The liturgy of Christmas Eve makes it especially present every year at Christmas giving us peace and serenity even in the apparently darkest moments The presence of the Lord in the midst of his people Pope Francis said in a homily cancels the sorrow of defeat and the misery of slavery and ushers in joy and happiness We too in this blessed night have come to the house of God We have passed through the darkness which envelops the earth guided by the flame of faith which illuminates our steps and enlivened by the hope of finding the great light By opening our hearts we too can contemplate the miracle of that Child Sun who arising from on high illuminates the horizon 5 My daughters and sons Christmas a true feast of joy is a special invitation to adore God and thank him for his benevolence All of us nourished by the spirit of the Work who now number many thousands want as our Father said in a meditation preached for these feast days to represent all humanity We are certain that in every corner of the world also in places where the Church is being persecuted there are sisters and brothers of yours who feel themselves representatives of all mankind and who are telling our Lord we know that you have been born today We have come to adore you in the name of all creatures venite adoremus for these words are a response by the Holy Church to that cry of the angels that was heard on earth breaking the silence of centuries 6 Pope Benedict XVI pointed out ten years ago that for this feast both the liturgy and popular piety employ symbols to help make clearer the meaning of Christmas The light and decorations evoke the desire for goodness that dwells in the depths of the human heart the light of good that triumphs over evil the light of love that overcomes hatred the light of life that defeats death 7 Therefore as we look at the streets and squares of the cities decorated with dazzling lights let us remember that these lights refer us to another light invisible to the eyes but not to the heart While we admire them while we light the candles in churches or the illuminations of the crib and the Christmas tree

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  • Letter from the Prelate (November 2015) - Opus Dei
    at Christ crucified do we begin to glimpse the meaning of this mystery filled more with consolation than sadness The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches Because of Christ Christian death has a positive meaning For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain Phil 1 21 The saying is sure if we have died with him we will also live with him 2 Tim 2 11 What is essentially new about Christian death is this through Baptism the Christian has already died with Christ sacramentally in order to live a new life and if we die in Christ s grace physical death completes this dying with Christ and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act 7 Although not completely correct there is some truth in the response of the mother of a brother of ours who remarked with faith when on the point of dying How can our Lord refuse to receive me when I ve been receiving him every day in Communion for so many years The certitude of faith united to hope and charity can undo the pall of sadness and fear that often mars the final steps of earthly life Even more as we see with special clarity in the saints passage from this earth with faith death can be welcomed with peace because our encounter with God is near Don t be afraid of death Accept it from now on generously when God wills it where God wills it as God wills it Don t doubt what I say it will come in the moment in the place and in the way that are best sent by your Father God Welcome be our sister death 8 These are traditional reflections found in Christian doctrine and conduct They aren t meant to be negative nor do they try to foster irrational fears but rather a holy filial fear filled with trust in God They reflect both supernatural and human realism and make clear that Christian wisdom grounded on faith brings tranquility and confidence to the soul Our Father taught us to draw practical consequences from meditating on this moment and in general on the last things Let us not consider these things coldly therefore he once preached to a group of his young sons I don t want any of you to die Leave them Lord don t take them yet They are still young and you have so few instruments here below I hope our Lord is listening to me But it could come at any moment 9 And he concluded What objectivity the consideration of death brings What a good remedy for dominating the rebellion of the will and the pride of the intellect Love it and tell our Lord trustingly as You wish when You wish where You wish 10 The fact of death is often harder to accept obviously when it affects those we love the most parents children spouses brothers and sisters Nevertheless with God

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  • Letter from the Prelate (October 2015) - Opus Dei
    is the will of God your sanctification 4 From October 2nd 1928 realizing that God was determined that Opus Dei become a small portion of the People of God at the service of the whole Church St Josemaría gave himself unwaveringly to this task and therefore he wrote with full assurance the Work of God comes to fulfil the Will of God Therefore have the firm conviction that heaven is determined to see it carried out 5 Opus Dei was then like a seed that had barely broken through the ground Therefore those first men and women who faithfully followed our Father although they wouldn t arrive for some time showed great faith in God and in our founder on seeing his constant self giving To them too we direct our gratitude on this anniversary Now on seeing how the spirit of the Work has taken root in souls and countries all over the world I dare to say that we almost don t need faith since the development of the Work is so clear to us We can touch it with our hands and we can see how God our Lord is faithful to his promises Yes my daughters and sons have the firm conviction that heaven is determined to see Opus Dei carried out all over the world 6 And he calls us to this great adventure in our place of work in the broad circle of our social relationships and also in our families We unite ourselves to the grateful cry of so many souls in heaven and on earth who praise the Blessed Trinity unceasingly for this gift of his to the Church and the world Holy Holy Holy we proclaim knowing that words fall short in expressing God s greatness and making known his mercy Let us also recall these words of our Father addressed to God You are who you are the Supreme Goodness I am who I am the least dirty rag in this rotten world And nevertheless you look at me and you seek me out and you love me Lord may my children look at you and seek you and love you Lord may I seek you and look at you and love you 7 October 6 anniversary of our Father s canonization is a good opportunity to redouble our thanksgiving to God and our prayer for the Church for the Work for all souls Let us open our heart wide to people both near and far away because the impetus of our apostolic zeal has to reach everyone Christian families have a special responsibility here that we should try to stir up especially in families where the spirit of Opus Dei has taken root As St John Paul II wrote To the extent in which the Christian family accepts the Gospel and matures in faith it becomes an evangelizing community This apostolic mission of the family is rooted in Baptism and receives from the grace of the sacrament of marriage

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  • What is a Cooperator? - Opus Dei
    documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Cooperators What is a Cooperator A brief explanation of who the Cooperators of Opus Dei are Cooperators May 27 2013 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle The Cooperators of Opus Dei are men and women Catholics and non Catholics who are not incorporated into the Opus Dei Prelature but who collaborate with the faithful of the Prelature in the various educational charitable and cultural activities The main contribution of the Cooperators towards these ventures is that of their prayer but they can also help through their work or financially They receive the spiritual goods the Church grants to those who assist Opus Dei These include indulgences which the Cooperators provided they observe the conditions established by the Church can gain on specific days of the year and when out of devotion they renew their obligations as Cooperators From the Opus Dei Prelature they also receive the spiritual help of the prayers of all its members Being a Cooperator does not require a specific vocation Generally Cooperators come from among the relatives friends colleagues and neighbors of the members of Opus Dei or from among those who have devotion to Saint Josemaría those who take part in the apostolates of the Prelature or those who are interested in the educational and social work carried out through the apostolic initiatives of the faithful of Opus Dei It is not necessary to be Catholic to be a Cooperator The Vicar of the Prelate in each country can appoint a person as a Cooperator after that person has been proposed by a member of Opus Dei Cooperators who so wish can attend the means of formation of the Prelature This formation helps them to deepen their spiritual life to love and support the Pope and bishops and to bear personal witness to their Christian vocation although without acting as a group Many people also discover the possibility of putting into practice and of transmitting to others in their own surroundings as ordinary Christians one of the fundamental characteristics of the spirit of Opus Dei the sanctification of their ordinary work and of their

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  • Brochure about Cooperators - Opus Dei
    Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Cooperators Brochure about Cooperators A 46 page brochure about Cooperators of Opus Dei is available in PDF format Cooperators May 21 2011 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Seal of the Cooperators of Opus Dei The Opus Dei Information Office has produced a brief publication explaining what a Cooperator of Opus Dei is how he or she can help out and be helped along with testimonies from people all over the world To download the brochure in PDF format click here In the Introduction to the new Cooperators brochure the Prelate of Opus Dei writes In one of the Gospel parables a lighted lamp symbolizes the light of faith expressed in good works Mt 25 1 13 The world will always need men and women who bring the light of Christ to others sowing peace and joy through deeds of charity I ask our Lord that each of the Cooperators may bring to today s society a spirit of concord and service shown in deeds Thanks be to God many educational and social endeavors have arisen all over the world with the help of members of Opus Dei Cooperators and many other people of good will In the years ahead other initiatives will have to be planned and made a reality with the aim of serving specific local needs for the cultural and spiritual benefit of society In praying each day for the Cooperators as do all the members of Opus Dei I ask God to reward their generous help and to lead them to an ever deeper knowledge of the consoling Truth of Christ Below are some questons and answers about Cooperators contained in this brochure What is a Cooperator of Opus Dei Cooperators are men and women who without forming part of the Prelature of Opus Dei help its apostolates in various ways To be a Cooperator does not require a specific vocation Cooperators usually are relatives friends or colleagues of the Prelature s faithful or persons who have received some spiritual benefit from the apostolate of Opus Dei or who appreciate the great task of human and social development that is carried out by the different apostolic endeavors of the Work Cooperators can be non Catholics non Christians or persons who profess no religion at all What is involved in being a Cooperator of Opus Dei Cooperators commit themselves to collaborate spiritually or materially with the apostolic initiatives of Opus Dei Spiritual help may take the form of prayer daily if possible for Opus Dei and its apostolates Material help consists in collaborating by means of one s work in some apostolic work of the Prelature or by means of financial contributions In addition those who wish to do so participate in the means of Christian formation that the Prelature offers What benefits do Cooperators receive The faithful of Opus

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  • What Benefits can Cooperators Receive? - Opus Dei
    Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Cooperators What Benefits can Cooperators Receive Besides the means of spiritual formation that the Prelature offers them Cooperators can receive a number of other spiritual benefits Cooperators May 28 2010 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle The faithful of Opus Dei pray daily for all those who in one way or another have helped or are helping the Prelature carry out its mission in the service of the Church Also at certain times during the year priests of the Prelature offer Holy Mass for the souls of deceased Cooperators The Holy See has granted to Catholic Cooperators a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions established by the Church on specific feasts in the Church and anniversaries of Opus Dei as well as on the date

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  • St. Josemaría: "Cooperators of Opus Dei" - Opus Dei
    Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Press room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei I will never tire of repeating that we have to be contemplative souls in the midst of the world who try to convert their work into prayer Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Cooperators St Josemaría Cooperators of Opus Dei Cooperators help Opus Dei in various ways by praying and giving of their work their time or their money St Josemaría encourages them to also get others to stand up for Christ 1 23 email facebook twitter March 24 2011 Cooperators links The Holy See Writings of the founder

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  • Humility, Source of Joy - Opus Dei
    others This egocentric attitude leads a person to judge the behavior and thoughts of others on one s own terms and to the more or less explicit desire that they should behave as one wants This explains how the proud person can fall victim to flare ups when he feels others are not paying sufficient attention to him Or he becomes sad when his own mistakes come to light or he sees that others possess greater talents than he does A person whose pride gets the better of him although seemingly successful in life will often become uneasy What is he missing to make him truly happy Seemingly nothing since he has what he wants But really everything since he has lost sight of the most important thing the ability to give oneself to others One s own behavior is what makes it difficult to find true happiness Opus Dei s founder said If you ever are going through a rough time and your soul is filled with uneasiness it is because you are thinking too much about yourself My son if you center everything on yourself not only are you going down the wrong path but you will also lose the Christian happiness you should have in this earthly life 8 Pride is always an echo of the first rebellion of original sin that tried to take God s place The consequence of our first parents fall was the loss of friendship with our Creator and the loss of harmony within ourselves The proud person trusts so fully in his own powers that he forgets the need human nature has for redemption Then not only physical illnesses but also the inevitable experience of one s limitations defects and short comings can disconcert that person and even lead him to lose hope Firmly attached to his own tastes and opinions he no longer appreciates or values positively a point of view different from his own Hence he finds it hard to resolve his inner conflicts and is subject to frequent misunderstandings with others This reluctance to bend to what others want can lead to rejecting God s will as well He can easily convince himself that God would never ask for what he personally doesn t want to give Even the very fact of being a creature dependent on God becomes a source of resentment Humility attracts others In contrast a humble person finds in God s glory a source of joy the only fount of true joy Placing himself before God a humble person discover his limitations and smallness his condition as a creature But far from causing sadness or frustration this realization is a source of deep joy Humility is a light that helps one to discover the greatness of one s own identity as a personal being capable of dialogue with the Creator and to accept one s dependence on him with complete freedom The knowledge that the absolute Being is a personal God of infinite perfection

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